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Tefere Gebre
Tefere Gebre is the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO. Tefere, born in Gondar, Ethiopia, was a political refugee and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. A standout track and field athlete, he attended Cal Poly Pomona on an athletic scholarship. While in college, Tefere worked his first union job as a night shift loader at UPS and a member of Teamsters Local 396. Since, Tefere has devoted his entire life to the values of hard work and a voice at the workplace. Tefere served as the Executive Director for the Orange County labor federation starting in 2008. During his tenure Tefere redefined the growing labor movement in Orange County, Calif., and was one of the key forces in advancing progressive change in the traditionally conservative county.

Entries by Tefere Gebre

Fighting for Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights on the Frontlines

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:55 PM

This week marks the five year anniversary of Arizona's notorious SB-1070 law, which codified a set of anti-immigrant regulations designed to promote self-deportation of local residents or "attrition through enforcement" in the explicit language of the bill. Among the most disturbing aspects of the law is the provision that mandates...

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On the Anniversary of Selma, a Call to Action

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 10:30 AM

This week, hundreds of people from across the country will gather in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma. Originally led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the heart of the Jim Crow South, civil rights leaders and activists were unwavering in their pursuit...

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A Legacy Remembered

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African-Americans in the United States while looking with hope towards the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work as a...

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Dominican Republic Shows U.S. What Not to Do on Immigration

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Imagine waking up to learn that you are no longer recognized as a citizen of the country in which you were born -- the only country you have ever called home. You are suddenly stripped of your most basic liberties and are unable to engage in any facet of life...

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